Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday Motivation #19

"Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
- J. Donald Walters

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Motivation #18

"Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.”

- Lee Iacocca

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Motivation #17

"A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.”
-Pat Riley quotes

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

How video games are a metaphor for real life...

So I was watching my weekly podcast from when I came across this great speech by Jane McGonigal - an online game designer:

Basically the gist of her argument is that gamers spend billions of hours of each week playing video games.

She Quotes MalColm Gladwell's "10,000 hr rule" which Gladwell borrowed(I borrowed the following from here):

"Gladwell quotes neurologist Daniel Levitin, who says that scientific studies
show that 10,000 hours are required to achieve the level of mastery associated
with being a world-class expert — in anything."
The average avid gamer spends 10,000 hours on gaming by the time they reach 21.

Gamers constantly play game partially because of the challenge and also partially because they know there is a solution to that challenge.

Those who succeed in life do so because they likewise, enjoy the task of the challenge but, they know there has to be a solution to their problem whether there is any evidence initially that there is or there isn't.

If gamers (or people) would simply focus more of their problems with the personal belief that their is in fact a solution to their problem, problems will be solved quicker and more solutions will arise.

Great speech. I might have to buy a Malcom Gladwell book sometime soon - seems like a smart guy.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Motivation #16

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."
-Zig Ziglar

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Motivation #15

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
- Jim Rohn

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday Motivation #14

"Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.

-Peter Davies
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Motivation #13

"The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.
-Rensis Likert

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Motivation #12

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
- Stephen R. Covey

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Rockwell

Wow, what a day wasted or a day overworked - depending on how you judge - if I have not used google until 11pm at night only to find that my idol Norman Rockwell was born on this day.

What can I say - the man was an amazing painter and I hope someday to come close to matching his talent. Until that day comes though I will sit and stare in awe at his unbelievable talent and expertise.

So what's my favorite Rockwell painting? Without a doubt Golden Rule. seen below:

With The Problem We All Live With - a close 2nd.

And I didn't even know about this one until today but Negro in the Suburbs is somewhat humorous and might work it's way up my list in the future:

Mr. Rockwell - I thank you so much for your work and your influence. You are still missed.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday Motivation #11

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.
-Jane Smiley

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Motivation #10

"I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.

- Stanley Kubrick

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Motivation #9 (MLK edition)

When you are … living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’ — then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Motivation #8

Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is important to check your goal and motivation thoroughly. One should be very truthful, honest, and reasonable. One's actions should be good for others, and for oneself as well. Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret.

-Dalai Lama

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday Motivation #7

"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way."
- Les Brown

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year's - NYC it's nice to visit - depressing to stay

So me and my wife ventured to New York this past long weekend to a) get out of boring Columbus, b) take in the sites and c) see the ball drop. I guess two out of three ain't bad.

We were actually prevented from getting near enough to Times Square in order to see the ball drop. We got off at 42nd street at approximately 7pm - we should have been there about 7 hours earlier in order to get in the crowd. The NYPD kept pushing us farther and farther north. First it was

"Go to 50th Street"

Then when we got to 49th it was

"Go to 54th Street"

And so on, all the while the police continued to block off streets just as we arrived. Our Hotel was on 57th and when they told us to go up to 60th we began to run, made it to cross back over and head down Broadway but the officers stopped us at 59th & Broadway and suddenly penned us off so we couldn't even simply stand where we were. All this is and weather in the mid 30's...

Needless to say we watched the ball drop elsewhere, on a TV screen.

I did get a chance to go to the world renowned and expansive Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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We also got to stroll through Central Park

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We also did the whole Times Square thing yesterday. We even saw a Broadway show, I'm reluctant to say which one.

One word to the wise though, if you can put your hands on the Village Voice while you're there - do it. I was a little weak-willed after our concierge's refreshing politeness (compared to every other New Yorker's rudeness and/or disinterest) coupled with my wife saying "please" about 50 times, cost me a pretty penny. I read in the Voice earlier that tickets were on sale at the box office for considerably less than what the concierge was offering them for. I asked her about this and she informed me that they do put a 'surcharge' on their tickets. The 50th "please" from my wife convinced me to buy them at the overcharged rate anyway.

Overall it was a great trip with the exception of the concierge scam (the surcharge for both tickets would've easily paid for 3 decent meals for the two of us in NYC) and a crazy Italian lady who was sitting next to me, texting friends during the Broadway show and kept yelling "can we share?" (referring to the armrest) as she poked her elbow into me while I struggled to keep my personal space in the tiny theatre seats.

On the 2nd day I was all excited to move there but, by this morning I was kinda of done with perpetually angry, rude & impatient New Yorkers. Ah slightly boring Cow-town, C.O., C-bus how I like you ... like a brother.